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MOVIE REVIEW | Are You Here (2014)

Are You Here

“Steve, I would prefer to forego your input since it most recently resulted in my brother becoming fat, unemployed and growing that supremely anti-social beard.”

Matt Weiner is the creator of one of the greatest TV shows of the last decade. And when you create a show like Mad Men, making the move to feature films is a double edged sword. Sure, you’ve probably got a much better chance of a studio green lighting your project and giving you the money to make it. Sure, you’ve probably got a much better chance of A-list actors taking your calls and reading your script. But the downside is, everyone’s gonna compare it to Mad Men. So, how do I think Are You Here compares to Mad Men?

Nah, that’s not what this is about at all. I tried really hard to judge Are You Here on its own terms and ignore the Mad Men connection. And now that I’ve seen Are You Here, I’m pretty sure Matt Weiner was determined to separate the two as much as possible as well. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Campaign (2012)


Will Ferrell is a funny dude. One of the funniest making movies today. He might not always choose the greatest movies or strongest comedies to be a part of, but even amongst something pretty ordinary, like Semi-Pro, or Blades of Glory, he’s always funny in them. Zach Galifianakis is a funny dude, but he seems to have been the victim of a pretty short audience attention span. It’s only five years since he broke big in The Hangover, and his moment of mainstream popularity seems to have quickly, and unfairly, already passed.

Two funny dudes, yet when they were put together, with a really promising premise and trailers that made me laugh, it seems like no one took much notice, including me. Which is a shame, because The Campaign is funny. Really, really funny. (more…)